Destination News - Food.
Consumers care about sustainability beyond recycling, study says About 89% of consumers are active in sustainability efforts, and 13% are on the leading edge of sustainable practices, according to research from The Hartman Group. That's providing opportunities for companies in the food-service sector, where restaurants have focused on recycling and energy savings while consumers worry about food freshness, sustainable sourcing and high quality-control standards. Aug 17, 2011
Atlanta Atlanta restaurants face challenges with airport location. Several Atlanta restaurants seeking space in the city's airport say they are aware of the challenges of operating an airport restaurant. Restaurants must take inventory of their knives daily, and only electric ranges are allowed. Limited kitchen size may also force interested restaurants to scale back their menus. However, observers also note that many travelers now arrive at the airport earlier for security screening and have time to sit down for a meal. Aug 17, 2011
Bath Bath Tourism Plus (BTP) is organizing BathOs first OTwiTripO (Twitter Trip), which will be attended by 2011 Masterchef winner, Tim Anderson, who will visit Bath on Aug. 25 and tweet about his experiences. Anderson was invited to attend the TwiTrip -- which will involve a journey around Bath using suggestions from Twitter users -- and will see him exploring Bath, its attractions, restaurants and shops, while tweeting to his 10,000 followers about his experiences and asking for recommendations on what to see and do. Two activities he will take part in are a chocolate making workshop at Minerva Chocolates and a sour dough making course at Bath-based cookery school Bertinet Kitchen. The day will end at the Royal Crescent Hotel where there will be a drinks reception and food prepared by Anderson with produce he purchases throughout the day for the TwiTrip participants. BTP has been working with Electric Suitcase -- a specialist PR Agency -- to boost BathOs profile on social media networks and has so far increased followers and friends on both Twitter and Facebook. In addition, the aim of the campaign is to generate interest in Bath by encouraging people to visit the official tourism website at www.visitbath.co.uk. Aug 18, 2011
CuisinArt Resort & Spa AnguillaOs CuisinArt Resort & Spa is featuring a OCuisine CompleteO package featuring five nights in luxury beachfront accommodations, three daily meals at CuisinArtOs signature restaurants, including the AAA Four-Diamond al fresco eatery, Santorini; airport transfers; unlimited Internet access; unlimited fitness classes (including yoga, Pilates, body sculpting); use of the resortOs tennis and bocce courts and non-motorized watersports. The packages are valid for travel through Nov. 22, 2011. CuisinArt Resort features what is described as the worldOs first resort-based hydroponic farm, which sources 90 percent of the fresh vegetables and herbs utilized in its culinary program. CuisinArt Resort & Spa also offers specialized cooking lessons, pastry classes, beginner and advanced wine-tastings, and intimate OchefOs tableO dining experiences. Package rates start at $3,700, double occupancy, and apply to new bookings only. For more information, call 800-943-3210 or visit www.cuisinartresort.com. Aug 18, 2011
Key West From Oct. 21 to 30, 2011, Key West will host its annual Fantasy Fest, this year with the theme OAquatic Afrolic.O Born more than 30 years ago, the festival is internationally recognized for its uninhibited flair and lighthearted spirit. This year, Fantasy Fest features 10 days of masquerade balls, costume contests, parties and ocean-inspired escapades climaxing in a glittering grand parade set for Oct. 29. The aquatic action is to begin with a Royal Coronation Ball on Friday, Oct. 21, to crown the festival king and queen. In addition, Key WestOs Caribbean roots are to be celebrated with Friday and SaturdayOs Goombay street party in historic Bahama Village. Subsequent festival highlights include TuesdayOs OUnderseas OdysseyO Headdress Ball, featuring prizes for the best masks, helmets and other headgear. Wednesday brings the offbeat Pet Masquerade and Parade, where furred, feathered and even finned friends showcase their animal magnetism while competing for costume prizes. Elaborately costumed competitors present high-energy performances on a beachfront stage Oct. 27, during Pretenders in Paradise, Fantasy FestOs most elaborate costume competition. Key WestOs renowned Duval Street becomes the stage Friday as venders of costumes, arts and crafts, food and libations star in the mile-long Fantasy Fest Street Fair. In addition, the Masquerade March draws schools of OfishyO frolickers in masks and costumes for a walking parade. For more information, contact Key West visitor information at 800-LAST-KEY or visit www.fla-keys.com/keywest or www.fantasyfest.net. Aug 18, 2011
Los Angeles Tickets to the first Los Angeles Food & Wine, a four-day event that takes place October 13-16, are will be available starting at 10 a.m. Pacific time on Aug. 22. This culinary festival, headquartered at L.A. Live (www.lalive.com) in downtown Los Angeles (www.discoverlosangeles.com), with events featured throughout the city including Santa Monica (www.santamonica.com), Hollywood (www.hollywood.com) and Beverly Hills (www.lovebeverlyhills.com) will gather talent from the entertainment and culinary worlds to celebrate L.A.Os food and drink culture. More than 100 chefs, including Daniel Boulud, Wolfgang Puck, Tyler Florence, and Nancy Silverton will team up with pop culture personalities, such as duo Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto and R&B sensation Mary J. Blige, to lead demonstrations, seminars, dinners, and dedicated after-hours events featuring tastings from more than 300 international wineries. Other events will include an opening night red carpet gala, a two-day Lexus Grand Tasting Tent featuring 30 celebrity chefs and more than 100 wineries, live cooking demonstrations and themed wine seminars. Other events taking place throughout the city include the California Clam Bake with Tom Colicchio in Santa Monica, Caviar and Champagne at the L'Ermitage (www.lermitagebh.com) rooftop, Meat in the Middle featuring Sang Yoon and Chris Cosentino, Tribute to a Culinary Master: Daniel Boulud at the Montage (www.montagebeverlyhills.com) rooftop, L.A.'s Sweetest After Party hosted by Sherry Yard, Brew B'Que on the Santa Monica Pier (www.santamonicapier.org), and Wolfgang Puck's Sunday Brunch & Charity Auction. To purchase tickets (starting at $50) or for more information, call 877-234-8425 or visit www.lafw.com. Aug 18, 2011
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park Stunning Fall Color and Unique Festivals Along the Sleeping Bear Dunes. This may be the time to visit the "Most Beautiful Place in America." Benzie County with over 30 miles of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is the southern gateway to the acclaimed Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park just voted "the most beautiful place in America" by viewers of ABC's "Good Morning America." The Sleeping Bear Dunes edged out such better-known spots as the Grand Tetons, Sedona, Newport, Cape Cod, Aspen, Ashville and Hawaii's Lanikai Beach in the voting. Announced on the program August 17, the news came with cheers and thousands of tweets to the #PureMichigan twitter site. Many who have already discovered the profound beauty of Northern Michigan's Sleeping Bear Dunes along the Lake Michigan coast were not surprised by the win. Sleeping Bear Dunes, the only midwestern location to make the list, was nominated by Grand Rapids, Michigan resident Jim Madole, who said, "Here at Sleeping Bear I sit in awe and wonder at the perfection of Mother Nature." "We live in amazing beauty year round and to finally be recognized on national TV is a thrill," said Mary Carroll, President of Benzie County Visitors Bureau. She elaborated, "Benzie County is known as the gateway to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. This area is filled with millions of trees, which makes it one of the most beautiful locations in the United States to enjoy during any season, but especially during the fall. The changing fall color within forests of oak, maple, cherry, chestnut, birch, hickory, ash, and beech trees is breathtaking." The tapestry of colors of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and surrounding protected forests in Benzie County change to vivid fall colors on the roads that traverse the county. One of the most popular roads is M-22, which runs along the coast of Benzie County through the Leelanau and Old Mission Peninsulas where wineries are plentiful, an easy day trip from Benzie County resorts, inns, cottages, and cabins. The popular Food Network chef, Mario Batali, played a role in helping boost Sleeping Bear Dunes to the top. His presence in Northern Michigan this summer and his regular posts on social media sites such as Twitter and Foursquare have brought visibility to the area. Mario retweeted the "get out the vote" message last week to over 142,000 followers. He was interviewed on the August 17 ABC News segment about the beauty of the area by Good Morning America. Benzie County is located 30 minutes west of Traverse City, Michigan and features quaint vacation towns and villages such as Frankfort, Elberta, Honor, Beulah, Benzonia, and Thompsonville, as well as the majestic Crystal Lake. Benzie County has spectacular beaches, miles of biking and walking paths, views of Lake Michigan, and great restaurants and shops. In addition to 30 miles of Lake Michigan coastline along the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Benzie has 57 inland lakes, 22 miles for biking along the Betsie Valley Trail, and approximately 200 miles of rivers. Outdoor activities for vacationers and sports enthusiasts include fishing, golfing, biking, hiking, running, kayaking and canoeing in the spring, summer and fall months and skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling in the winter. Benzie County is known as the "best place in Michigan for outdoor sports and recreation." Benzie County Fall Festivals & Events October 1 & 2, 2011 Beulah and Benzonia October 8 & 9, 2011 Frankfort and Elberta Enjoy one or both events on back-to-back weekends in Benzie County to celebrate Michigan's spectacular fall color. Fun activities include pumpkin and gourd carving by master carvers including Ed Moody from Frankfort, pumpkin chucking, parades, and children's activities. Point Betsie Lighthouse tours are also available during scheduled times. Betsie Valley Run -- October 2, 2011 at Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa The Betsie Valley Run is along a beautiful course in Benzie County's Betsie Valley. This event coincides with the Fall Festival in Beulah and Benzonia. The run includes a certified half marathon, 10k run / walk, 5k run / walk, and a child's mile. 6th Annual Peak2Peak Mountain Bike Classic -- October 15, 2011 This epic event is held in and around the beautiful and gently rolling terrain that surrounds Crystal Mountain Resort and Spa. The event will feature a 10.5-mile loop with beginner (1 lap), intermediate (2 laps) and expert (3 laps) divisions with a staggered start allowing racers of all abilities to enjoy the course simultaneously. Haunted History Hayrides -- October 14 & 15 / 22 & 23, 2011 -- Village of Honor The Village of Honor will feature two trips each night on an excursion through the haunted history of Honor -- refreshments included Crystal Mountain Resort and Spa -- October 15, 22 & 29, 2011 -- Thompsonville The Resort will feature live entertainment and scenic chairlift rides to view fall color and panoramic views of three counties, as well as a "Haunted Forest" where a ghoulish guide will accompany guests on a tour of surprises and chilling discoveries. Frankfort Film Festival -- October 20 - 23, 2011 In its third year the Frankfort Film Festival at The Garden Theater will feature leading edge independent "best of show" films from worldwide film festivals. Aug 19, 2011
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